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PLG 314: Real Estate Law

Course Description

This course explores real property ownership and rights and navigates the real estate transaction from contract through the eventual sale of the property.

Prerequisite

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  1. Distinguish between real and personal property
  2. Understand property descriptions and encumbrances to title
  3. Develop the knowledge and ability to conduct a title search
  4. Analyze and dissect a real estate contract
  5. Gain an understanding of financing the purchase of real estate
  6. Understand the importance and value of title insurance
  7. Understand the closing process

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignment(s)Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-7)

25%

Title Search (Week 3)

35%

Legal Description and Deed Preparation Assignment

20%

Final Exam (Week 8)

20%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

(Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore)

  • Hinkel, Daniel F. (2016). Essentials of Practical Real Estate Law. 6th ed.West Publishing. ISBN 13: 978-1-2854-4838-1

Additional Resources

  • None

Course Schedule

WeekSLOsReadings and ExercisesAssignment(s)

1

1

Topics: Introduction to Real Property & Concurrent Ownership Property

  • Chapter 1 - pages 1-18
  • Chapter 2 - pages 20-33

Self Study Exams:

  • Chapter 1 - page 18
  • Chapter 2 - page 32
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete self-study examinations (not graded)

2

2

Topics: Encumbrances, Easements and Licenses & Survey and Land Descriptions

  • Chapter 3 - pages 34-50
  • Chapter 4 - pages 69-89

Self Study Exams:

  • Chapter 3 - page 49
  • Chapter 4 - page 88
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete self-study examinations (not graded)
  • Complete Legal Description assignment - Due by the end of Week 4

3

3

Topics: Deeds & Title Examinations

  • Chapter 6 - pages 162-184
  • Chapter 8 - pages 245-264

Self Study Exams:

  • Chapter 6 - page 184
  • Chapter 8 - page 262
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete self-study examinations (not graded)
  • Complete Title Search (20%) - Due by the end of week 5

4

4

Topic: Contracts

  • Chapter 5 - pages 90-128

Self Study Exams:

  • Chapter 5 - page 127
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete self-study examination (not graded)

5

5

Topic: Legal Aspects of Real Estate Finance

  • Chapter 7 - pages 185-206

Self Study Exams:

  • Chapter 7 - page 205
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete self-study examination (not graded)

6

6

Topic: Title Insurance

  • Chapter 9 - pages 265-292

Self Study Exams:

  • Chapter 9 - page 290
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete self-study examination (not graded)

7

1, 2, 3,
4, 5, 6,
7

Topics: Real Estate Closings & Real Estate Closing Forms & Examples

  • Chapter 10 - pages 345-376
  • Chapter 11 - pages 377-413

Self Study Exams:

  • Chapter 10 - page 375
  • Chapter 11 - page 412
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete self-study examinations (not graded)
  • Prepare for Final Exam

8

Final Exam
Chapters 1-11
SLOs 1-7

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